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tonight on "world news," the dramatic finish. the u.s. women's soccer team and that heart-stopping ending. this evening, reaction from here in the u.s., all the way to that field in germany. deborah roberts is there. the bombshell from britain. breaking news. the head of scotland yard resigns and it comes after another stunning arrest. rupert murdoch's protege this time. where will the dom knows end? the heat wave. the dangerous heat spreading across the nation. more than three dozen states now on alert tonight. it's going to be a stifling week ahead. home free? casey anthony out of prison tonight. a smile from the mother, but this is what she heard in return. >> caylee! and, happy birthday. on the eve of nelson mandela's
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93rd birthday, an exclusive interview. what he told her and howow he sd it changed her forever. good evening. and we begin this sunday night with that dramatic ending. the u.s. versus japan in the final of the women's world cup soccer tournament in germany. it was a tense, hard-fought battle, so evenly matched. the u.s. playing for its third world title. japan, carrying the hopes of a nation that's endured so much heartbreak this year. with just minutes to play, the u.s. scored, victory so close. as you might have seen, japan soon answered. it would all come down to those penalty kicks. abc's deborah roberts is on assignment in frankfurt tonight. deborah, this was oh, so close. >> reporter: david, past the antacids. that's what a lot of soccer players a a probably watchers are saying tonight after that game.
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it was something nobody really expected. it all came down to the wire and now, of course, it's a cinderella story for the history books. it was agonizing, david. for 68 minutes, the americans were not able to score. the japanese just proved to be too much for them, holding them, time after time. then, eventually, 22-year-old alliss more gan, the youngest on the team, scored a point. then, the japanese scored. and it went back and forth for 122 minutes, tied up, with everybody holding their breast until, finally, the japanese won. no one saw it coming, david. the americans are completely disappointed tonight, as you might imagine. but what a night for japan. this is a team that came out of nowhere, no one expected them to win. and now, they're holding their first world cup championship. of course, people thought it would go the other way, but what a big night for this country, which could use a boost, david. even judy wambach, abby
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wambach's mother, said her heart was with the japanese. david? >> deborah roberts at the world cup. heartbreaking for the u.s., but a fitting win for japan after such a trying year. we're going to turn now to sunday night. out of londonhis two stunning new casualties of that scandal now threatening rupert murdoch's media empire. the chief of scotland yard resigned a short time ago, and murdoch's own protege has been arrested. abc's jeffrey kofman is in london tonight. jeffrey? >> reporter: good evening to you, david. another day and another bombshell in the scandal that is rocking britain. make that two. a resignation here at scotland yard, and, an arrest. and it's not over yet. the scandal that shuttered one of britain's oldest newspapers is nothing less than an earthquake, shaking this country to the core. the casualties just keep mounting. the latest? the head of scotland yard.
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sir paul stevenson resigned late today. he insisted he had noo involvement in his forces failure to investigate widespread criminal acts by murdoch's journalists, nor the alleged bribery of police officers been reporters. >> i have no knowledge of the extent of this disgraceful practice or indeed to the extent of it. and the repugnant nature of what is emerging. >> reporter: and there is more. rebekah brooks, just days ago, she was at the apex of power, running the british operation. it is said he considered her his other daughter. on friday, she resigned from the company. today, she was arrested. the tenth arrest since this scandal erupted two weeks ago. brooks was editor of "the news of the world" from 2000 to 2003 when municipal of the alleged criminal activity took place. she has insisted she knew nothing about it. >> there's no way that a reporter can come in with the kind of salacious page one story
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that "the news of the world" was running without an editor saying, how did you get that story? who was your source? >> reporter: those are some of the questions s at are certain to be asked on tuesday, when brooks, her pass rupert murdoch and james murdoch, his son, are scheduled to appear before a committee of the british parliament. now that brooks has been arrested, though, it's not clear if she will appear, and if she does, she will say anything. >> remember, this will be the first time on tuesday that people at news international have appeared in front of a tribunal like this. >> reporter: the earthquake that continues to rattle here is now rippling across the atlantic and threatens to rock the business world in the u.s. murdoch's grasp of his global empire that includes fox news and "the wall street journal" is now if question. can he maintain control and can he stay at the helm? dadad? >> jeffrey kofman outside scotland yard in london tonight. jeffrey, thank you. i want to bring in abc's dan abrams, who is here with us tonight. going to be anxplosive week
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ahead. rupert murdoch in front of papaiament. could what he say be used against him? >> reporter: it could be. he reallyy doesn't have to show up. he's going there voluntarily, so, i would doubt that he's concerned at this point that anything he says is going to really hurt him personally in a criminal investigation. >> we saw just saw the dom noin falling. when do the criminal concerns start here? >> reporter: there's something called the foreign corrupt practices act. 1977 law which basically says, a u.s. company or senior execs from a u.s. company, can't effectively bribe foreign officials. so, if they are able to demonstrate that the company, or senior execs at the company, knew of bribes to police officers, that could be considered criminal. you could argue, though, they don't even have to have known about it. the prosecutors have been using this act very aggressively of late. so, it's definitely something that entire company is going to
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be keeping their eye on. >> dan, thank you. we're going to turn now to the dangerously hot weather settling in this evening, and not moving, for many days ahead in a moment, we'll go to the weather center. 40 states will be in the 90s or above this week. but first, abc's chris bury on where this heat has already arrived. >> reporter: the heat is on. that scorching fire ball combining with dripping humidity. a sticky, steamy stew that's making much of the countryry miserab miserable. >> today will be hot. i'm already -- >> it's muggy. i'm sweating already. >> reporter: so hot and muggy, advisories or barnings are posted in 17 states from texas to minnesota and east to ohio. in five of them, temperatures topped 100. in chicago today, the beaches became a reliable heat index. you can see how the crowds thickened as the temperatures climbed. >> we're going to have a meet down for dinner on the beach. >eporter: this kind of heat is the most lethal kind of weather.
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the elderly are particularly vulnerable. >> the worst part is heat stroke. people's temperatures are getting over 103 degrere and they're not capable of maintaining a normal temperature. >> reporter: even for athletes, the heat can be too much, and not only for humans. at illinois's arlington racetrack, these horses were sprinting in spite of an excessive heat warning. they did get a cooldown later. >> just like with people, the overachievers push too hard, beyond their limits and that's what i worry about. >> reporter: the most striking thing about this heat wave is how long it's expected to last. up to five sweltering days here in the middle of the country before it moves east. david? >hris bury on the heat tonight. and, so, where is all of this headed? we want to turn to justin polvick in the weather center tonight. great to have you with us. were you telling us, we could have 40 states at once dealing
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with 90s or temperatures above 100? >> reporter: that's right, david. the heat expanding as we progress through the week. all the way to the eastern seaboard thursday into friday th our nation's capital looking at temperatures near 100. >> a a that high pressure system right there is the culprit, not moving? >> reporter: not moving at all. unpacking its bags. we'll be dealing with this high pressure system for many days to come as it continues to intensify and grow in overall size. >> justin, thank you. now, to the growing heat in washington tonight, as growing anger in the heartland. so many of you weighing in right here on "world news" this past week. the clock, of course, sticking to that deadline. 15 days and counting. abc's david kerley listening to american tax payers, this time, in nancy pelosi's district. she's drawn a hard line. what do the voters say? >> reporter: leaving church with his family -- >> go usa! >> reporter: president obama gave a shoutout to the women's soccer team. but he's rooting for a
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resurrection of a debt deal. and his budgdirector says it's possible. >> the president has made it clear he wants to do something substantial. >> reporter: in fact, sources tell abc news the president, and speaker john boehner, are, again talking about more than $4 trillion in deficit reduction. boehner reportedly wants the president to lay out specific cuts to entitlement programs, social security, medicare, medicaid. but many republicans still doubt such a plan can pass. so, plan b. to avert the country from defaulting is being devised by the two leaders of the senate. it would give the president the authority to raise the country's debt ceiling on his own. >> it takes the pressure off all the politicians but allows us to pass a debt limit without making the hard choices that this country has to make. >> reporter: the standoff? republican ere ic cantor refuse to consider tax increases. democrat nancy pelosi won't accept cuts to entitlements.
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>> they need to hold the country to task. we need to pay our way out of debt. >> reporter: today in pelosi's district, some support. >> she should onto compromise if others are willing to do the same. >> reporter: but many supporters want a deal. >> you have to show us something, you know? you have to produce. >> reporter: now, the conventional wisdom is that washington needs a deadline to get anything done, so, expect three, four, five more days of this negotiation going back and forth. but the white house says, legislation needs to be moving through congress by friday in order to get something passed by august nd when the country runs out of power to borrow. david? >> a long week for the country and for you and the team at the white house. david, thank you. overseas tonight, and another blow for afghan president hamid karzai. just days ago, his powerful half brother was assassinated. at the funeral, karzai crawled into his brother's grave for a moment. today, we learned gunmen stormed the home of one of karzai's
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closest advisers and killed him. and in e jupt tonight, new questions about the health of former president mubarak. his lawyer claims he had a stroke and is now in a coma. mubarak's doctor says he's just suffering from low blood pressure. he faces trial next month on charges he ordered the killing of protestersrs we turn now to a cry for help. to what the u.n. calls the world's worst humanitariandy aster. hundreds of thousands of familili, mothers and children, in somalia, trying to escape the drought. abc news is the first american network to report from the scene and, tonight, abc's lama hasan reports from the disaster in the desert. >> reporter: a child lies lifeless in his mother's lap, barely able to move. another fields her son from an iv. this is what acute malnutrition looks like, after traveling for weeks with no food or water. it is the children at this refugee camp who suffer the most, because they are vulnerable to diseases.
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and, the agencies need help. >> the kind of support that we need is in terms of funding, so we can buy more therapeutic foods. >> reporter: and ot one of the clinics, we find this woman cradling her frail 2-year-old son. the doctor tells us this is the most severe form of malnutrition. but he's still under observation. in the same word, this 3-year-old son is painfully thin. after arriving here with pneumonia three daysys ago, he still coughing. >> if you can get aid into this part of the world, unless we can scale up our operations to meet the growing need, this crisis could turn into a catastrophe. >> reporter: until help arrives, these mothers are doing everything they can to keep their children alive. la ma hasan, abc news, kenya.
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she moves toward a n n life, many had hoped would be taken from her. still photographer red huber recording it for all history. >> i thought that maybe she would show more emotion, but her and jose were very on a mission to go out. >> reporter: emerging to a freedom tainted by the bitter taste of public scorn. every move analyzed and inspected for any sign of arrogance, defiance, or even remorse. >> she was walking straight out, jose baez to her right. i didn't s s them interact with each other at all. just a beeline for the door. >> reporter: there was a whisper as she left, a small thank you to the special team armed with automatic weapons who escorted her to the idling suv outside. the crowd watching and judging the most infamous acquitted murder suspect since o.j. simpson. >> focus on caylee, not casey. >> reporter: at the makeshift
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caylee memorial, where the 2-year-olds remains were so coldly dumped in a swamp, few care where it was going. >> she'siding a terrible secret. we're talking about a child here. >> reporter: abc news has learned that the plane that left registered to a wealthy ht is california attorney, who early on, was connected to the casey anthony defense team. perhaps the e rst clue as to her whereabouts tonight. david? >> jim, thank you. and when we come back here, that surprise hollywood ending this weekend, and tonight, word they're already plank the sequel. you could save a bundle with geico's multi-policy discount. geico, saving people money on ore than just car insurance. ♪ geico, saving people money on moe than just car insurance.
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finally tonight here, a milestone for one of the world's most admired leaders. we recently traveled to south africa to sit down with the treasured typist, who is among the millions about to wish nelson mandela a happy birthday. a new image tonight of nelson mandela, surrounded by family in his childhood village. on the eve of his 93rd birthday this is a huge milestone for him, who is now rarely seen in public. there was the world cup last july, that wave to the crowd. and just last month, inviting michelle obama and her girls to meet him.
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i just said thank you. thank you. thank you. >> there are so few now who get to spend time with mandela. and zelda is one of them. >> reporter: you were a typist at the time. >> that's correct, yes. >> reporter: when mr. someone della became president, she was a young typist who met the president in the hallway. he began speaking to her in her own language, africans, the language of the whites, who had long kept mandela in prison. >> at first, i couldn't figure out what language he was speaking. >> reporter: because you were so overwhelmed? >> i was completely overwhelmed. he put his hand on my shoulder. he took my other hand and he saw that i was very emotional. he said, no, no, calm down.
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>> reporter: mandela taught himself the language of the whites while in prison. famously saying, if you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. if you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. it was a lesson learned by that young typist during t tt first meeting in the hall. >> it was a life-changing experience, really. that first day. >> reporter: and tomorrow is international nelson mandela day around the world. happy birthday, mr. mandela. that is the broadcast this sunday night. we're always online at "gma" first thing in the morning. and diane sawyer right here tomorrow night. good night. [ child's voice ] ooh, that looks good.
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